Shawn Renfro has been a Teaching Artist in New York City for over 8 years now having collaborated with Rising City Arts on many residencies. He currently holds a position as Programs Director at Riverdale’s Rising Stars Acting School.  Shawn has been a Teaching Artist in all five boroughs from Kindergarten in Staten Island to High school in the Bronx, elementary at the 92nd street Y and the eighteen to twenty year olds at Rikers Island.

He is also the Artistic Director for the Apothecary Theatre Company, which just premiered its first show off-Broadway entitled In God’s Hat. Shawn graduated with a BFA in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where he spent four months in London, England at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre learning all the ins and outs of William Shakespeare’s plays.

His directing credits include, Crazy, Sexy, Dead: An Evening of Don Nigro (Apothecary Theatre Co.), Animals (NY Fringe Festival), Dominica: The Big Fat Ho, Scarecrow, Closer, Crackwalker, Suspension, Quick and Dirty (A Subway Fantasy), Red Coat, Black Bird (Rutgers Theatre Co.),Specter, The Lion Tamer (Under St. Marks), The Doctor’s Duty (Love Creek Productions), Its Called the Sugar Plum (Theatre 1050), Apples to Apples (The Jameson Project) and Black Thang (JR Productions). 


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